Long-Term Loanees And First Team Phonies: Nine Forgotten Players Still On The Books At EPL Clubs

A Premier League transfer caught my eye over the weekend, not because of the notoriety of the player, but actually for the exact opposite reason. Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker joined Stoke City on a permanent deal following 17 years with the Blues.

Not familiar with the name? Don't feel too bad. Baker made just two first-team appearances during his time in London — FA Cup cameos during the 13-14 and 21-22 seasons. Instead, the 26-year-old had eight loan spells in four countries after being promoted to the Chelsea senior squad in 2014.

After Winning Seventh Ballon d’Or, Messi Admits Lewandowski Should’ve Won Last Year

Lionel Messi won his record-extending seventh men’s Ballon d’Or on Monday. Anyone who watched him carry both Argentina and Barcelona over the last year knows he absolutely deserved it. But even Messi admitted on Monday that Robert Lewandowski deserves the 2020 Ballon d’Or.

Tottenham Fans Are Putting An Axe Through Their Televisions After Watching Absurd Harry Kane Hat Trick

Three Harry Kane goals vs Albania likely has Tottenham fans royally pissed. Last season’s EPL Golden Boot winner only has one goal in 10 league appearances this season and has been underwhelming to say the least.

Barring a catastrophe of monumental proportion against San Marino, Kane and England locked up a spot at the 2022 World Cup with a 5-0 victory against Albania thanks to a Kane hat trick.

All five goals came in the first half with Harry Maguire grabbing the first in the ninth minute. Go get them slab head!

English-Born Fullback Matty Cash Gets Surprise Call-Up From Different Country For Next Week's International Break

It's not uncommon for England-born footballers to represent other countries. The Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Jamaica are just a few of the national sides with a decent proportion of English natives in their squads.

But a player from the outskirts of London suiting up for Poland? Now that's a new one. Yet that's exactly what happened to Matty Cash, who earned his first Poland call-up this week. Is Matty Cash Polish?

The Best (And Worst) Fans From Euro 2020, So Far

While the Euros roll on through the knockout rounds, we have plenty of wild fan interactions already. From fans showing up to support their team in the wrong country to pitch invaders wielding rainbow flags, anything goes as fans are enjoying their time back. Football fans were kept from stadiums and fully supporting their teams for over a year by the Covid-19 pandemic, diminished to yelling at screens instead of faces, so we wouldn't expect anything less extravagant than what has been happening. Let's take a look at the best Euro 2020 fans so far. 

Rating All Nine Own Goals At Euro 2020 So Far Based On How Awful They Were

If it seems like there have been a lot of own goals during Euro 2020, it's because they have been occurring at a rate unlike anything seen at an international tournament before.

The first European Championship was contested in 1960, and in the 15 tournaments up to now, there have been nine own goals. Through the first 41 matches at this summer's European Championship there have been nine own goals. 

Ranking The Top 5 Most Disappointing Teams From The Euro Group Stage

After 13 straight days of Euro group play, fans can finally take a moment to catch their breath. Over 3,240 minutes of soccer were played in the group stage and now it’s time for the Round of 16. Before moving on, it’s worth looking back at the worst Euro teams from the group stage that left us disappointed.

Only One Thing Denied Poland From Advancing To Knockout Stages — Ironically, It Was A Pole

Poland bowed out in the group stage of a major tournament for a second straight time after suffering a 3-2 defeat to Sweden on Wednesday. In the most ironic fashion, the one thing the denied the Poles from glory was a pole.

Only a victory would do for Poland on Matchday 3. The game got off to the worst possible start by conceding one of the fastest goals in Euro history.

Álvaro Morata’s Horrible Rebound Miss Will Haunt Him — Until His Next Awful Miss

Álvaro Morata is always in the right areas as a striker. He just can’t quite figure out the finishing when his team needs it most. 

Morata, who misses more chances than most players ever create, will rue a missed opportunity on a rebound off the post as Spain huffed and puffed to a second straight draw at Euro 2020, this a 1-1 with Poland on Saturday. Not even a first-half goal from Morata will help us forget this latest miss. 

UEFA Vs Conmebol: Dos Formas Diferentes De Sentir, Respirar Y Vivir El Fútbol

América y Europa, dos continentes que viven el fútbol de manera distinta. Pasión de los hinchas o el fútbol de constelaciones y estrellas. La espontaneidad o la organización desmedida. La humildad o el lujo donde sobran los millones. Improvisación o coordinación. Pasantía o tesis de doctorado. Sueño o consagración.

El Océano Atlántico separa el nuevo del viejo continente. Unos 7.000 kilómetros de distancia corroboran las diferencias políticas, económicas, culturales y sociales que existen entre ambos. El fútbol no escapa a eso.